an optical illusion caused by atmospheric conditions, especially the appearance of a sheet of water in a desert or on a hot road caused by the refraction of light from the sky by heated air.
I’ve had more than one occasion drive across the Mojave desert and one of the most fascinating things is the mirage.  On the flat road you could see a pair of headlights that appeared to be no more than a mile away until it took you an hour of driving before you passed the car.  You could see the mountains that again looked as though they were just down the road and yet it took two hours before you were even close.  As I think about events in my life and those yet to come, I am reminded about mirages.  I can see them clearly and I know I will eventually get there, just not as quickly as it may seem or I’d like.  When faced with the mirage there is only one action to take, stay the course.  Even when you want to give up, just take another look and keep going.

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